Allergic To Pain Medication? How To Get Temporary Relief From Your Toothache
If you suddenly develop a bad toothache but can't take anything because you're allergic to pain medications, you need to see your dentist fast. But until you do, getting through your painful toothache won't be easy. Luckily, there are some simple non-medicated pain relief treatments you can try at home. Here's what you need to know and do.
Swish With Warm Coconut Oil
Bacteria is one of the biggest reasons for your toothache. Once bacteria travel inside your bad tooth, the germs travel to the tooth's roots and form small pockets of pus called apical abscesses. Apical abscesses lie very close to the nerves of your jawbones, which is why you experience pain.
One of the easiest ways to ease your tooth pain is to swish your mouth in warm coconut oil. Coconut oil contains natural healing benefits that attack and dissolve the bacteria hiding in your cavity. In addition, the warm coconut oil soothes away the pain in your nerves of the tooth.
If you're ready to find pain relief, here what you do:
- Place a teaspoon of organic coconut in a small paper cup
- Fill a glass bowl with hot water, then place your cup of coconut oil inside it to warm up
- Wait 5 minutes, then use a clean fingertip to check the oil to see if it's warm to the touch
- Place the oil in your mouth, then swish for 10-15 minutes
- Spit the oil from your mouth into an empty paper cup, then dispose of the contents in the garbage or flush down the toilet
You may feel temporary pain relief in your bad tooth within 3-5 minutes after using the coconut oil. If you don't experience any type of relief, proceed to the next tip.
Drain Lymph Nodes in Face and Jaw
Sometimes, tension develops in your face when you experience a painful toothache. You can relieve the pressure or most of it by draining the lymph nodes in your face and neck. Lymph nodes are small tissues that protect your body from toxins. However, the tissues can build up with too many toxins during times of pain.
Draining the lymph nodes may be hard to do in the beginning but with practice, it becomes easier for you. Here's a quick but effective technique you can do standing or sitting in front of a mirror.
- Rub a dime-size amount of coconut oil between the palms of your hands to warm it up
- Place the index and middle fingers together on each hand, then position the fingers on each side of your chin
- Slide the fingers of both hands up the jawline until you reach your ears
- Massage the area between your ears and jawline for 3 seconds, then slide your fingers back down the jawline until you reach the chin
- Repeat the technique for 3-5 minutes, then rinse your face in warm water
You can perform the drainage technique once a night until you see your dentist for care.
If you have concerns about your bad tooth or how to find pain relief without medications, contact your dentist like one from Claremont Dental Institute immediately.